The findings of July’s CIS survey —conducted by Spain’s government pollster— focus on the state of Spain’s justice system and indicate that a large segment of the population has little faith in the Supreme Court and the justice system at large. Only 29.8 per cent of respondents claim to trust the Supreme Court to some extent or very much, whereas 44.2 per cent said they have little or very little faith in the Justice court led by Carlos Lesmes. This snub comes in the aftermath of three prominent cases where the court has been involved: the ruling on mortgages, the removal of General Franco’s remains and, in Catalonia’s case, the landmark trial of the independence leaders.
When cross-referenced against the party that respondents voted for in the Spanish elections of 28 April, the results are especially revealing. 44.2 per cent of PSOE supporters doubt the court’s independence, whereas 33 per cent do not. Podemos and Catalan pro-independence voters are even more blunt, as a vast majority of them have little faith in the Supreme Court: Podemos (61%), En Comú Podem (77%), ERC (81.3%), JxCat (92.2), PNB (60%) and Bildu (83.3%).
As for PP and Ciudadanos voters, the gap is much smaller: 33.3 per cent of PP sympathisers believe that the Supreme Court is “independent” or “very independent”, while only 32.1 per cent think it isn’t, or not at all. 43 per cent of Ciudadanos supporters claim to trust the Supreme Court to some extent or very much, whereas 36.9 per cent said they have little or very little faith in it.